Memorabilia store says Hernandez letter is legitimate
SAUGUS, Mass. (WHDH) -- An employee at Sportsworld, a memorabilia store in Saugus, said the hand-written letter from Aaron Hernandez written while he was in jail is legitimate.
“Looked at it -- we’ve done some signings with Aaron in the past, been there, worked with him,” said Brendan Brennan.
Karl, a fan of Hernandez, said he received the letter after first writing to Hernandez in the Bristol County jail. Karl said he was once an inmate there as well.
“I was just showing him that I was in support of him -- I explained to him that I’m no one to judge him,” said Karl.
“In my opinion, the guy…thinks that Aaron’s not guilty -- just wasn’t too happy with everything being negative about Aaron in the media,” said Brennan.
Sportsworld said it purchased the letter from Karl and then sold it to TMZ.
In the letter Hernandez said he’ll be found not guilty of killing Odin Lloyd, writing: “I know God has a plan for me and I know something good will come out of this.”
One thing interesting about the letter is the way it’s signed. Even though the New England Patriots fired Hernandez, he signed his name with his old number, 81.
Referring to his signature, Hernandez wrote: “Can’t wait to sign this again when I’m playing again and prove all the haters wrong.”
Hernandez added, “I fell off, especially after making all that money, but when it’s all said and done God put me in this situation for a reason.”
Brennan said he’s not surprised by all the interest in Hernandez’s letter.
“No one’s heard Aaron’s side of the story and this is as close as you get to maybe an interview with him or hearing what he thinks,” said Brennan.
Sportsworld will not say what it paid Karl for the letter, but 7News has been told TMZ paid between $10,000 and $20,000.